I have started helping Herbalists without Borders UK by making herbal medicines for refugees in Calais and Dunkirk, I would like to continue to do this. Shortly I will post a podcast with Melissa Ronaldsay talking all about the project, but in the meantime it is important to know that the service is run by volunteers and not funded. From September 2019 Herbalists Without Borders UK go out to Northern France on a regular basis and work as an agency in their own right. They deliver first aid, health care access support, preventative medicine and self care support.
The types of medicines made are cough syrup, bruise balm, chest balm and antimicrobial vinegar
Every little donation helps. If you would like to donate to the Medicine Making Campaign please click below, your donation will be gratefully received and will go towards making someones life a little more comfortable.
Calais and Dunkirk
There have been various ‘jungle camps’ in Calais since as far back as 1999 – historically it has been a place where migrants gather to wait for and plan passage to the UK. The jungle has always been a place of despair and horror - as well as hope and resilience , - but in the summer of 2015 as numbers burgeoned, more people in the UK began to be aware of the humanitarian crisis on our doorstep.
October 2016 saw the huge, mismanaged , brutal clearance and dispersal of the jungle residents, including hundreds of unaccompanied children. Thanks to hard work from volunteers, at the last minute many children were brought across to the UK legally. Many more have been lost in the chaos of the eviction.
Since 2015 especially many individuals and community groups from the UK, not affiliated to official organisations – have responded by donating time ,money, food, provisions as well as infrastructure and organization.
Herbalists working as individuals, but sometimes supported by the medicine making campaign back in the UK, have helped in the first aid posts; the kitchens; women’s and children’s projects; and the prefecture managed camp in Dunkirk. Sometimes, when no infrastructure existed they dispensed medicines out of the back of their cars and vans
The situation in Northern France is constantly changing and evolving.
From September 2019 Herbalists Without Borders UK now go out to Northern France on a regular basis and work as an agency in their own right. We deliver first aid, health care access support, preventative medicine and self care support.
All monies received will go towards buying ingredients for medicines, packaging and postage costs.